Re: [tied] Themis

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 45521
Date: 2006-07-25

On 2006-07-25 17:58, Abdullah Konushevci wrote:

> If we have complete acordance between Latin <fas est> and Greek
> <themis esti> 'it's right' and complete correspondence between Lat.
> <fa:s> 'divine law, right' and <thimstes> 'laws, rights,
> institutions', it seems that *dhe:- as input is common for both Latin
> and Greek derivatives, for /*dh/ > Lat. /f/ and /*dh/ > Greek /th/.

But there's no way to derive Lat. /a:/ to *eh1 or *&1. Lat. fa:s is an
s-stem derivative of *bHah2- 'speak, announce'; it belongs together with
<fa:ma>, <fa:tum>, <fa:bula>, and with Gk. pHe:mi etc. Some etymologists
have tried to derive Gk. tHemist- from *dHeh1-, usually as a compound
like *dH&1mi-st(h2)-, but the formal difficulties look insuperable. The
final -st-, strange as it is, seems to be the original stem termination
(Homer has no variant forms).